President and CEO Jim Dalton has long made an impact on the developmental disabilities industry. A licensed child psychologist, Dr. Dalton is highly regarded for his innovation in child behavioral health care. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University, a master’s from Spalding University and graduated first in his doctoral class in child psychology. He completed his residency at The Ohio State University.
As chief operating officer, Jennifer Maggard is charged with daily business operations of the organization. Jennifer started her career with Damar in 1998 and has held a variety of positions throughout the organization. An active member of the National Association of Social Workers, Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Purdue University and a master’s in social work from Indiana University. Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
As Damar’s chief financial officer, Elaine is responsible for financial reporting of all of Damar’s entities on a monthly basis, the budgeting process, and the annual independent financial audits. Elaine’s prior experience includes public accounting and not-for-profit financial management. Elaine has been a Damar employee since 2003, and received her Bachelor of Science from Purdue University.
Jenny Peters serves as the chief strategy officer at Damar. In this role, she leads the development, implementation, and evaluation of Damar’s internal and external communications and marketing initiatives. Jenny holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Indiana State University and a master’s degree from Indiana University.
Ken File is the president of the Damar Foundation, Inc. In that role, he is charged with the strategic development of Damar’s philanthropy program. He holds an MBA from the University of Indianapolis and a bachelor’s degree in education from Kansas State University. Prior to joining Damar, he worked for Goodwill Industries and spent over 25 years at the Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation.
As executive assistant for Damar Services, Katie McCoy supports the offices of the president & CEO and executive leadership team, as well as serving as a liaison to the Board of Directors. She also supervises the Damar Ambassadors. Katie has been with Damar since 1996 and has held this position for over 20 years.
Carla Bill is the vice president of youth services and admissions at Damar. Responsible for facilitating residential placements, she is Damar’s official liaison to the Indiana County Divisions of Child Services, Indiana Division of Disability Services, and Indiana Department of Education. Carla is a graduate of Indiana University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work.
Responsible for overseeing administration and supervision of the residential management team, Sam Moya is the vice president for children’s residential services at Damar. Sam began his career at Damar as a direct care staff in 2009. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Indianapolis.
As the Vice President of Major Gifts, Shawn Collinsworth is responsible for deepening existing donor relationships and cultivating new potential donors to help grow the Damar Foundation. He holds a master’s degree in higher education and a bachelor’s degree in criminology both from Indiana State University. Prior to joining Damar, he served as President & CEO of The Advancement Center for Washington Township Schools and spent over 14 years as Executive Director of Phi Kappa Psi National Fraternity.
Aimee Brown serves as the director of operations and school leader for Damar Charter Academy, Indiana’s first public charter school focused on successfully preparing children with developmental, intellectual, and behavioral challenges for a lifetime of learning. Aimee took on leadership of the school in 2015 after serving as the school’s director of special education. Aimee holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Purdue University.
As director of Community Living and Support Services (CLASS), Juman Bruce is responsible for directing and monitoring adult services funded by Medicaid waivers and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (Supervised Group Living). She holds a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation.
As chief administrator of Children’s Residential Services, Erin Crick supports overseeing administration and supervision of the Children’s Residential Campus. She is also charged with directing all operations for Damar Academy—a state-accredited freeway school. In addition to leading faculty and staff, Erin ensures compliance with all education requirements and fulfills students’ Individual Education Plan (IEP) needs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ball State University.
As director of Behavior Support Services, Sarah oversees the partnership between Meridian Health Services and Damar to offer Medicaid Rehabilitation Option Services (MRO) to our clients placed residentially. She leads assessment, treatment, and clinical supervision of the children and clinicians in the MRO program. Sarah holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Indiana University. Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an active member of NASW.
As finance director for Damar Services, Paul Dennison is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day financial and accounting operations as well as assisting the chief financial officer. He also serves as the controller and business manager for Damar Charter Academy. Paul has been a Damar employee since 2013, and holds degrees in finance and accounting as well as an MBA from Colorado Technical University.
As Database Resource Director, Tammy Duncan is responsible for managing all functions related to the donor database for the Damar Foundation. Tammy holds a bachelor’s degree in business management.
Managing the kitchen at Damar since 1987, Dottie Gilliam is the dietary services director. She is responsible for monitoring and directing all facets of dietary operations, including managing staff and implementing meal plans for over 250 clients daily. She holds a bachelor’s degree in restaurant, hotel and institution management from Purdue University.
Donna Hammock is director of Parent Voices, a program that helps parents of children served by Damar navigate the care experience, meet other parents, and learn through educational workshops. Hammock understands both the reward and struggle of having a child with multiple diagnoses, including behavioral disabilities. Her 15-year-old grandson, for whom she is legal guardian, is being supported on Damar’s residential campus.
As the director of talent acquisition for Damar, Steve Huffman leads the full-scale recruitment effort for the entire organization. Steve has 20+ years of experience in human resources with a focus in talent acquisition and holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.
As director of foster care services, Guene Kalal has built Damar Foster Care Services from the ground up. Since 2010, she has been charged with creating, building, and operating the program—including managing the foster care staff. Guene holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Purdue University and a master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.
As director of Behavior Management Services, Brittney oversees the development and implementation of behavioral strategies and interventions with clients and families in their natural environments. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Indiana University and a master’s in social work from Indiana University. Brittney is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Behavioral Consultant.
As the senior director of Clinical and Consulting Services, Angel Knapp is active in representing the best practices of the organization to external stakeholders. She represents Damar at local, state, and national events and provides expert consultation and training to organizations and state agencies. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from Indiana University.
As the director of Older Youth Services and Education Mentoring, Donnie McCoy provides educational, vocational, social, and life skills development training to youth in residential programs, DCS regions 5&6, and school systems throughout central Indianapolis and surrounding areas. As the operations analyst, Donnie works with the leadership team to maximize output that support clients’ needs and financial goals. He holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Indianapolis.
As the director of ABA Services, Kristin McCoy leads assessment and treatment for children with autism through Applied Behavior Analysis. Kristin has been instrumental in helping shape Damar’s autism services. She holds a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and a master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University, as well as her Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) distinction.
As a psychologist and director of Clinical Services, Dr. Danielle Nance leads Damar’s Stabilization, Assessment & Transition (SAT) program. She is responsible for managing a 20-bed short-term diagnostic and treatment unit that provides emergency placement and services for children who find themselves in traumatic situations. Dr. Nance holds a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Indianapolis.
As director of Community Based Services, Adrienne is responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of Damar’s community-based services, including program quality, staffing and financial processes and outcomes. Adrienne has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Purdue University and a master’s degree from Indiana University.
Responsible for overseeing administrative and supervision of Residential Clinical teams, Terry Sears is the residential director of Clinical Services at Damar. He has been a valued member of the Damar team since 2012. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology from ISU, a master’s degree in social work from USI and is a licensed social worker.
As director of operations for Children’s Residential Services, Miles Thompson is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations and staffing of the children’s residential campus and transitional service homes. A Damar employee since 2013, Miles is a graduate of Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
As Resource Team director, Anthony Nwokedi is responsible for leading a team of staff who support Damar employees during client crisis situations. Anthony began his career as a direct care staff in 2014. He is certified through the National Resource Center for Youth Services, and also serves as a staff trainer for Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, a model for crisis de-escalation.
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